Board Members

Nicolette Kleinhoffer

President

Nicolette Kleinhoffer (she/her/hers) is a grad student studying chemical engineering. She is from Romeo, MI. and is in her third year with the team. When she isn’t dancing she enjoys knitting, playing guitar, reading classic literature, and drinking fancy coffee. Her favorite dances are the International and American Foxtrots and Samba.

Role: The President is ultimately responsible for overseeing all team operations, as well as long-term planning for the growth and improvement of the team. They are responsible for overseeing the timely execution of all team operations and making sure all other officers are fulfilling their responsibilities. The President leads board meetings and ensures the smooth functioning of team events. They brief board members on the upcoming events and allocates tasks accordingly. The president acts as a consultant for all board members, is responsible for training new board members, and maintaining strong relations with our coaches, DTS, the CCRB, and leaders in the greater Midwest Ballroom Community (other collegiate teams, organizers at OSB, Arnold). The President is ultimately responsible for a smooth transition to the successive board. The President also serves as the “Team Liaison” on the Ballroom Club board.

Eligibility: At least one year on executive board, and member of the A/B team at time of running.

Nathaniel Hodgson

Away competition chair

Nathaniel (Nate) Hodgson (he/him) is a Master’s Student in Sustainability from Macomb County, Michigan. Outside of dance, Nate loves reading historical fiction/fantasy books and learning languages. This is Nate‘s third year on the team, and his favorite dances are the American and International Foxtrots,  followed by Swing and Jive.

Role: The Away Competition Chair is responsible for promoting upcoming competitions and making attending competitions as easy as possible. This includes organizing accommodations and carpools prior to the competition. Away comp chair is responsible for accurately forecasting (possibly through polls) attendance at competitions weeks or even a month in advance in order to identify housing options. The chair is responsible for ensuring enough transportation – including members’ cars, reserving UM vans well in advance before they are all taken up, renting cars if need be. The away comp chair works with other teams’ home comp coordinators to ensure maximum rooms are made available for our members attending and, at last resort, reserves hotels. The chair works with the Treasurer to assure fairness in travel costs. Finally, for OSB/Arnold, the Away Comp chair works closely with Susan McFerran to ensure adequate rooms at the Drury Inn and Crown Plaza are obtained through the competition organizers.

Eligibility: Current member of  A/B/C team

Owen Hoffend

Treasurer

Owen Hoffend (he/him/his) is a PhD student studying in Computer Science and Engineering. He grew up in Minnesota, but he now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area when not at UMich. Owen began dancing during his undergrad, and has been on UMBDT since the wacky Fall 2020 COVID semester. Aside from dance, Owen enjoys cooking, playing piano, programming, video games, riding roller coasters, and various other hijinks. He’ll also gladly debate anything related to AI with you.

Role: The Treasurer is responsible for balancing the team’s accounts and manages payments for team incurred costs. They also collect dues from team members as well as registration money for the Michigan Ballroom Competition. Over the course of the semester, the Treasurer tracks balances for every member and ensures members have paid their accumulated balances.

Eligibility: Current member of  A/B/C team

Jeremy Shere

Technology Chair

Role: The Technology Chair is responsible for all technology-related issues of the team. They update and maintain the webpage and the e-mail lists, including newcomer registration, Michigan competition registration, apparel, PayPal payment buttons, and donations. For OSB, MichComp, and Arnold, the Tech Chair is responsible for the videotaping of dancing and making the videos available for team members to view.

Eligibility: Currently in at least second semester on the team. Website expertise strongly encouraged. Coding expertise is helpful.

Jonathan Daniel

Recruitment chair

Jonathan Daniel (he/him/his) is a Master’s student studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is from Northern Virginia, where he began ballroom in high school and continued in his sophomore year. He loves playing games, reading, and especially baking pies. If you go to a competition, you’ll have a chance to try one. His favorite dances are jive, samba, and quickstep.

Role: The Recruitment Chair helps newcomers have a smooth transition as they join the team. They have an intimate relationship with newcomer couples and addresses any of their concerns, both individually and as a group. The Recruitment chair is responsible for the advertising of the team during the Fall and Winter semester recruitment seasons, including but not limited to distribution of flyers, Festifall, and Winterfest. The Recruitment Chair is present at all beginner lessons on Saturday and helps newcomers bring together partnerships and prepare for competitions. They handle general email inquiries addressed to the team (e.g. newcomer questions).

Eligibility: Current member of A/B/C team

Alan Zhang

Curriculum Chair

Alan Zhang (he/him/his) is a senior majoring in computer science and minoring in statistics and music. He is from Northern Virginia and began dancing his sophomore year. When he’s not dancing or procrastinating homework, he enjoys playing piano and cello, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, or playing video games. His favorite (and therefore objectively the best) dances are jive, samba, and the viennese waltz.

Role: The Curriculum Chair is in charge of lesson scheduling (A,B,C and Pre-C) as well as setting up the DTS teaching schedule. The curriculum chair will also be in charge of the fall and winter team workshop should there be interest in holding them. The curriculum chair is also in charge of finding student teachers and practices supervisors when and if appropriate.

Eligibility: Current member of A/B/C team.

Anna Vogel

public relations Chair

Role: The Public Relations Chair serves as the liaison between the team and other organizations. They handle requests for the team to do showcase performances or teach lessons. They work in conjunction with the President and Recruitment Chair on welcome week events and distributing flyers at the beginning of each semester. Prior to the U of M competition, they aid the competition committee with canvassing. This person is also in charge of scheduling team parties and organizing apparel orders. The PR chair is also responsible for planning team social events. The PR chair should maintain a steady stream of social events through the semester, offering a wide variety of opportunities for team members to socialize.

Eligibility: Current member of A/B/C/Pre-C team.

Rachel Leonard

practice space coordinator

Rachel Leonard (she/her/hers) is a junior studying Actuarial Mathematics with a minor in Economics. She is from Illinois and has been on the team for two years. She enjoys listening to Taylor Swift, watching Disney Channel Original Movies, petting cats, and baking. Her favorite dances are International Rumba and International Tango.

Role: The Practice Space Coordinator is responsible for all of the team’s practice space, including but not limited to: DTS, the CCRB, and the Michigan Union/League. The most important job for this position is to maintain a healthy relationship between the team and the Crabtree family (owners of DTS) and the people in charge of any other practice spaces. They are normally required to oversee cleaning and close DTS two nights per week, with another board member closing the other two nights. They are also responsible for reserving space at the CCRB, Union or League, and anywhere else desired. The Practice Space Coordinator also ensures that the key elements of our relationship with DTS are satisfied, such as scheduling a “DTS day” to fix up the practice studio and help provide team member volunteers for the annual recital.

Eligibility: Currently in at least second semester on the team.